Northern Australia Defence Summit

Hosted by the NT Government, this policy-driven event will look at the opportunities for Australia’s Defence industry in Northern Australia.
10 – 11 October 2018 | Darwin Convention Centre





2018 Agenda

Welcome Reception | Tuesday 09 October 2018

Enjoy the picturesque surroundings and gorgeous view of the Darwin horizon at Parliament House as the Chief Minister welcomes attendees to the 5th Annual ADM Northern Australia Defence Summit.

Hosted by: The Honourable Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory



17:30 – 19:30 | Main Hall, Parliament House

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Chief Minister’s Welcome Address

The Honourable Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory


DAY 1 | Wednesday 10 October 2018

8:00 Registration and morning coffee


8:45 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government


8:50 KEYNOTE | Ministerial Address

The Honourable Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory


9:20 United States Force Posture Initiatives

  • Highlighting the benefits of defence bilateral agreements
  • Looking at the current and future presence of the US Military in Northern Australia

Brigadier Mark Brewer, Director-General US Force Posture Initiatives, Department of Defence

9:45 Asia Pacific Geo-Politics and Australia’s Position

Prof John Blaxland, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies

10:10 Welcome to Morning Tea
Mike Rinaudo, Industry Director – Construction, AECOM

10:15 Networking and refreshment break

10:40 Chinese Military Modernisation – Key Trends

  • Chinese militarisation of South China Sea – implications for region and for Australia
  • How might events on Korean Peninsula affect China’s strategic calculus?
  • US role in Asia remains uncertain amidst Korean crisis and China-US trade war

Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

11:05 It’s not all about China: The Re-emergence of Russia as a Global Player and the Exerting of their Influence in the Asia-Pacific

  • Russia’s current strategic and defence policy
  • Russian military power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific: force posture and power projection
  • Operational activity and defense diplomacy in the Indo-Asia-Pacific
  • Force modernisation and capability upgrade: impact on the regional and global balance of power

A/Professor Alexey Muraviev, Head of the Department of Social Studies and Security Studies, Curtin University

11:30 Strategic Logistics and Infrastructure Considerations for Regional Security Operations

Commodore Ian Murray, Deputy Commander Joint Logistics, Royal Australian Navy


11:55 The work of the Regional Force Surveillance Group (RFSG) in delivering outcomes supporting both National Sovereignty and Indigenous Engagement and Development in Northern Australia

Colonel John Papalitsas, CSC, Commander Regional Force Surveillance Group

12:20 Welcome to Lunch

Shaun Muldoon, Executive Director – Defence, Broadspectrum


13:35 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | Australian Defence Industry Policy: Building Australia’s Defence Export Industry

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Defence Industry

13:55 Northern Australia Maritime Industry Hub Strategy

Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Mark Purcell AM, Strategic Defence Advisory Board Member, Northern Territory Government

14:20 ROUNDTABLE | Effectively Linking Industry and Government

The Hon David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate
Naomi Anstess, National Business and Workforce Development Manager, Intract
David Malone, Executive Director, Master Builders Association NT

15:05 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

15:35 Construction industry developments in the Northern Territory

Allan Schmidt, Sector Leader Defence, Sitzler

16:00 ROUNDTABLE | Silos to collaboration, how can we maximise collaboration for economic development

  • Thinking outside the square to promote the Northern Territory, in particular Katherine
  • What does our future workforce look like?
  • How can we develop our young people and keep them here?
  • What are the succession planning barriers we are facing with international collaboration?

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), Former Chief of Air Force and Chief of the Defence Force
Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC (Ret’d), Defence and National Security Advocate for the Northern Territory
Professor Simon Maddocks, President and Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University
Mark Potter, Managing Director Marine (Australia), Babcock Australasia
Moderator: Darrin Grimsey, Lead Government Partner and Oceania Defence Leader, EY

16:50 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:55 Welcome to Networking Drinks

Michael Rotumah, Intract Director / General Manager NT, Intract
Naomi Anstess, National Business and Workforce Development Manager, Intract

18.00 Gala Dinner | Wednesday 10 October 2018


The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Defence Industry

DINNER ADDRESS | International Collaboration with the North

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Sir Angus Houston, Former Chief of Air Force and Chief of the Defence Force

This event is fast becoming the ‘must attend’ event for the sector and provides a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with senior Australian, US and International Defence and Industry representatives. The Gala Dinner will coincide with the Northern Australia Defence Summit being held over the period 10-11 October 2018. The NT Chief Minister’s Excellence Award and AIDN-NT Innovation and Young Achiever Awards will also be presented on the night. Themed around “International Collaboration” the activities of the evening will provide insight into “partnering for international success” and “regional mobilisation” within Defence and Industry in the region. Come along and enjoy a fabulous night of networking and entertainment with the Northern Territory Defence Support Industry.

18:00 | Darwin Convention Centre


DAY 2 | Thursday 11 October 2018

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 KEYNOTE | Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) role in building America’s future

The mission of SAME is to lead collaborative efforts to identify and resolve US national security infrastructure-related challenges. We do that through five key pillars and creating partnerships across the industry to accomplish key objectives focused on:

  • Enhancing Industry-Government Engagement
  • Developing Leaders for our Profession
  • Producing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Professionals for the Nation
  • Preparing Veterans for the A/E/C Industry
  • Building Resilience throughout the country

Maj Gen Timothy Byers, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Past President, Society of American Military Engineers & Vice-President – US Federal Strategy, Jacobs

9:30 PANEL | Delivering Defence infrastructure in northern Australia – Key issues and proposed approaches

Bob Baird AM, Department of Defence, Director Program Assurance, Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch
Sarah Brown, Department of Defence, Director, USFPI Infrastructure
Ms Kate McKenna, Special Counsel, Clayton Utz
Moderator: Graham Read, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

10:15 Address from Networking Break Sponsor

10:20 Networking and refreshment break


10:50 Better Connecting Primes and Suppliers

  • What Do Primes Want?
  • What Makes a Good Supplier?

Kerryn Smith, CEO, AIDN NT

11:20 What does it take for local suppliers to win US projects?

William Savarino, Partner, Cordatis LLP
Bradly Torgan, Senior Lawyer, Ward Keller

11:50 Skilling and STEM

Stephen Hayes, Defence Industry Workforce & Skills Facilitator, Department of Defence

12:20 Lunch, networking and End of Conferences